Lecture | December 1 | 12-1 p.m. | 310 Jacobs Hall
Foundation Capital general partner Steve Vassallo will speak at Jacobs Hall as part of the Jacobs Design Conversations series.
Transportation Futures: Integrating transportation, land use, and environmental planning for sustainable urban development
Lecture | December 1 | 4 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building
Elizabeth Deakin, UC Berkeley
Lecture | December 2 | 1 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Guest curator Jordan Stein explores Miyoko Itos life and work and presents excerpts from a rare video interview with the artist.
Included with Admission
Lecture | December 3 | 2 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Global Lives founder David Evan Harris, filmmakers Naomi Ture and Daniel Chein, and webmaster Benn Meyers (Shishin Junsei) present video clips and offer their perspectives on the project.
INCLUDED WITH ADMISSION
Lecture | December 4 | 3-4:30 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall
Jan Engelmann, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany
Humans ultra-social lifeways are based on some species-unique social skills and motivations that develop mostly in early childhood. In this talk, I explore two of these: concern for social evaluation and social comparison. First is the way that young children come to self-regulate their actions not just individually, as do many species, but also socially, as they become concerned for how others... More >
Lecture | December 4 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220
Bronislaw Komorowski, Former President of the Republic of Poland
Lecture | December 4 | 5-7 p.m. | Doe Library, Morrison, Doe 101
Professor Tom McEnaney, Department of Comparative Literature, UC Berkeley.
Tom McEnaney's book explores the "coevolution" of the radio and the novel amid influential movements in populist politics in three countries in the mid-20th century: the New Deal in America; Peronism in Argentina, and the Cuban Revolution. The book illustrates how governments, activists, and artists have struggled for control to represent the voice of the people within a changing media landscape
Lecture | December 4 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Synne T. Bull, PhD Research Fellow, Department for Media and Communication, University of Oslo; Dragan Miletic, Artistic Research Fellow, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
The recent surge of aerial imaging technologies such as satellites and drones has prompted scholarly discussions on what has come to emerge as a new visual paradigm. Approaching this subject from the perspective of contemporary art, this project brings into question the entangled histories of the moving image and spatial expression, while addressing the imaginative and emotional capacities... More >
Lecture | December 5 | 3-5 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall
The life of Edith Södergran (1892 - 1923), born to Finland Swedish parents in St. Petersburg, begins in pre-revolutionary Russia and ends, a short and dramatic thirty-one years later, in Independent Finland. Practically unknown at the time of her death, Södergran now has been translated into some forty languages and is considered one of the foremost poetic voices of the Nordic countries. In her... More >
Lecture | December 5 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library
Jessica Madison, Anthropology, UC Santa Cruz; Jessica Madison, Anthropology, UC Santa Cruz
This paper explores Mongolias mineral extraction boom through an examination of local concepts of landscape. In order to engage seriously with local place-making practices, it analyzes the steppe topologically, looking at attributes of landscape that transcend material upheaval. In eastern Mongolia, poetry is a primary means of mediating human interaction with space, and thus poetic literacy is... More >
Lecture | December 6 | 3-4:30 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall
Lindsey Powell, MIT
Shared behaviors are woven throughout human social life. In the course of interaction, social partners mimic one another and align their actions to help or cooperate with one another. Over longer timescales, group members share social and communicative conventions and learn cultural skills from one another. What is the developmental pathway through which infants come to understand and engage in... More >
Lecture | December 6 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library
Derek Thiam Soon Heng, Northern Arizona University
Throughout history, the South China Sea has been a maritime zone that saw primary economies of its littoral zones exercise influence over smaller, outlying economies by binding the latter into co-dependent relationships with the former. This may be witnessed in such areas as the currency systems adopted by the smaller economies, alignment of foreign and trade policies with those of the larger... More >
Lecture | December 7 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall
Edith Scheffer, Senior Fellow at IES and Assistant Professor at Stanford University
The building of the Berlin Wall in 1961 shocked the world. Ever since, the image of this impenetrable barrier between East and West, imposed by communism, has been a central symbol of the Cold War. This talk reveals the hidden origins of the Iron Curtain, showing how the physical border between East and West Germany was not simply imposed by Cold War superpowers, but was an improvised outgrowth... More >
The Meyerhoff Scholars Program: A successful model for developing a more inclusive STEM PhD workforce
Lecture | December 7 | 3:30-5 p.m. | Haas School of Business, Spieker Forum, Connie & Kevin Chou Hall
Mike Summers, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
The Meyerhoff Scholars Program has been at the forefront of efforts to increase diversity among future leaders in science, engineering, and related fields. The UMBC Meyerhoff family is now more than 1,300 strong, with over 1,000 alumni across the nation and nearly 300 students enrolled in graduate and professional programs.
This event is free and open to the public -- join us for talk & reception.
An Epic Transformation: The Transition of the Oirat Oral Epic Jangar from Culture to Cultural Resource
Lecture | December 7 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library
Michael Long, Cambridge University
This fieldwork program attempted to follow the conceptual transformation of the Epic of Jangara traditional oral epic of the Oirat Mongols of XUARas a social phenomenon in Hoboksar Mongolian Autonomous County from the end of the Cultural Revolution to present, particularly from the mid-2000s onward. In this time, Jangar transformed from a curious cultural artifact of folk culture with near... More >
Lecture | December 7 | 7-8:15 p.m. | 230 Cheit Hall
Jason Kander, Let America Vote
After narrowly losing the 2016 U.S. Senate election, Jason Kander founded Let America Vote, a campaign dedicated to ending voter suppression and gerrymandering. Through online and grassroots organizing, an aggressive media strategy, and advertising, Let America Vote seeks to lead the way against policies and practices that it deems harmful to eligible voters and their right to cast a ballot. Join... More >
Lecture | December 9 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Asian Art Museum, Samsung Hall
Delve into Couture Korea with textile historian Lee Talbot and costume historian Minjee Kim.
Lecture | December 9 | 3:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Artist David Call shares insights into the distinctive presence of American Sign Language in Martin Wongs work.
Lecture | December 11 | 3-4:30 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall
Arianne Eason, University of Washington
In the U.S. today, racial segregation remains rampant in neighborhoods, schools, and even the workplace. Given the persistent inequity in terms of both race and social class in the U.S., my research utilizes perspectives from developmental, social, and cultural psychology to examine how features of our social and cultural contexts (e.g., racially segregated neighborhoods and classrooms) influence... More >
Lecture | December 13 | 1-2:30 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden
Enjoy late season blooms and striking evergreen foliage with Horticulturist Clare Al-Witri on a behind- the-scenes tour of the Australasian Area. Come and see plants in this collection that are native to New Zealand, subtropical regions of Australia, and the high elevations of the South Pacific islands.
Members' Walk: Australasia tour is exclusively available to current members. Admission is... More >
Lecture | December 16 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building
Josh Dillon, Astronomy
Dr. Dillion will talk about a new technique being developed here at Berkeley with collaborators around the world to use radio telescopes to make huge 3D maps of hydrogen, the most abundant element in the universe, to test our cosmological theories. He will explain the observational challenges were facing and the reason why were building a giant array of 350 disheseach one almost 50 feet... More >
Lecture | December 18 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | Cory Hall, 400 Hughes Room
Prof. Alex Vitkin, University of Toronto
SPIE Visiting Lecturer
Medicinal photonics (biophotonics) includes a variety of therapeutic (effects of light on tissue) and diagnostic (effects of tissue on light) applications. In this talk, the latter category will be highlighted, with emphasis on methods actively investigated in our laboratory optical coherence tomography for microvascular imaging and tissue polarimetry for anisotropy... More >